28 Powerful Photoshop Lighting Effects

By / Nov 20, 2008 / Tutorials

There is something about beautiful lights that can mesmerize an audience. Take a fireworks show for example. It’s been around for thousands of years, yet still has the power to put looks of amazement on faces of all ages. That’s why lighting effects make such powerful design elements. They are a great way to grab the attention of your audience and leave a lasting impression.

Below is a collection of the best Photoshop tutorials for creating powerful lighting effects.

Amazing Photoshop Light Effect In 10 Steps

A smokey light effect complete with glowing particles.

Amazing Photoshop Light Effect In 10 Steps

Fire Lines Tutorial

This tutorial teaches you how to create stylish fire lines in only 10 steps.

Fire Lines Tutorial

Luminescent Lines

Luminescent Lines

Iron Man View Interface Effect In Photoshop

This is very close to the amazing effects seen in the movie.

Iron Man View Interface Effect In Photoshop

Luminescent Lines

Luminescent Lines

Advanced Glow Effects

A Cool Lighting Effect In Photoshop

A Cool Lighting Effect In Photoshop

End of the World Photo Manipulation

End of the World Photo Manipulation

Creating Smoke

A popular effect explained very well.

Creating Smoke

Design a Coldplay/Apple Inspired Portrait in Photoshop

This one shows you how to design portraits based on the Coldplay – Apple ad.

Design a Coldplay/Apple Inspired Portrait in Photoshop

Magic Lighting Effect In Photoshop

Magic Lighting Effect In Photoshop

Make your image look awesome with a few light effects

Make your image look awesome with a few light effects

Flying Girl In Photoshop

Flying Girl In Photoshop

Creating light motion trails & glowing sparks

A nice technique for creating light motion lines.

Creating light motion trails & glowing sparks

Awesome Digital Bokeh Effect In Photoshop

Awesome Digital Bokeh Effect In Photoshop

Create An Amazing Ad In Photoshop

Create An Amazing Ad In Photoshop

Beijing 2008 Logo Light Painting in Photoshop

Beijing 2008 Logo Light Painting in Photoshop

Mysterious Lighting Effect Tutorial for Photoshop

Mysterious Lighting Effect Tutorial for Photoshop

Space Lighting Effects in 10 Steps – Photoshop Tutorial

Space Lighting Effects in 10 Steps - Photoshop Tutorial

Design a Vista Styled Wallpaper

Design a Vista Styled Wallpaper

Expressive lighting effects

Expressive lighting effects

Really cool Eclipse Effect in Photoshop

Really cool Eclipse Effect in Photoshop

True Flames

Create an incredible flame / solar flare effect in only a few short steps.

True Flames

Super Fast – Speed Lighting Effect

Super Fast - Speed Lighting Effect

Add A Sparkle Trail To A Photo

Add A Sparkle Trail To A Photo

Lighting effects in Photoshop

This tutorial shows you how to jazz up a photo with creative lighting.

Lighting effects in Photoshop

How to Create Brilliant Light Streaks in Photoshop

This tutorials teaches a simple technique for creating brilliant light streaks which can be used in different ways to add motion and brightness to your designs.

How to Create Brilliant Light Streaks in Photoshop

Adding Light Streaks To A Photo

Adding  Light Streaks  To A Photo

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

  • Serge

    Thanks mate! ,
    Looks very hot.
    i’m gonna try them

  • jZine

    I’ll probably be using some of these techniques on an upcoming project. Very timely post!! Thanks!

  • Dave K.

    Terrific! Thanks for sharing.

  • W Designer

    Great Resource. I love them all.

  • Izzy

    So nice!

  • http://www.redswish.co.uk Nathan Beck

    Aww noo way, more great PS tuts. When will I ever find time to play with these!

  • Jason Woods

    Wow, Photoshop is the bomb dude.

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  • http://www.esemdesign.com eSeM

    Nice tuts

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    this is amazing lighting effects … cool!..

  • maing lin htet
  • http://www.mehmaani.com mehmaani

    Wow! These looks amazing. Can’t wait to try some of these effects. Thank you.

  • http://www.RedesignYourBiz.com Designer

    absolutely great tutorials!!!!

  • http://carloshermoso.com/ Carlos Hermoso

    Awesome! Thanks a million for sharing

  • http://apps.jooopa.net ren

    Great Resource. So nice!

  • Randell John

    I’m totally new to Photoshop, and am amazed what can be achieved with this software.
    Inspirational work shown here.

  • Tom

    Thanks for sharing.Amazing…

  • sameer

    best tuts

  • http://www.ree-she.com Rishi Luchun

    Nice tutorials

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    beautiful collection, cheers for that

  • Selendrile

    like 80% of them is the same guy. just check out his site. abduzeedo dot com

  • http://www.gasfuse.net/ rajaash

    tanks for your informative. its very useful

  • Jonnyman

    Most of these are cheesy to the max, wouldn’t touch them with a barge pole. Eclipse, Space Lighting, Flying Girl, and the first one (coffee cop) are the only interesting ones here in my opinion.

  • http://www.spreadsheetninja.com Spreadsheet Ninja

    Very awesome stuff here! I think that thanks to these tutorials/ideas I will be able to help out some friends of mine. Thanks a bunch!!

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    Holy crap this post is awesome! I’m going to use like five of these tutorials. Hey do any of you want to design some sweet t-shirts? Checkout http://www.SGTEE.com and submit a design, you could win $500!

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    this is really an awesome site! thnks

  • purpleskyz

    this tuts really rock! thanks.. awesome, indeed!

  • http://quasifictionalviews.blogspot.com/2008/06/split-in-my-home.html syrhiz

    Pretty cool and very informative Photo shop Lighting Effects!!

  • http://www.omrcm.com Ömür UÇUM

    greate stuf thangx…

  • Y.Lahssini

    This is good article, thanks a lot!

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    All the photographs are very nice…..i search for this type of photos to send to my friends…..
    Thanks for this nice article

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    This is good article, thanks a lot!

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    hello

  • http://aworldinthehistory.blogspot.com/ Master

    Great Art. I love to designing but designing is not my line. :(

  • joelllllee

    these are awesome ,
    they reallly helped me .

  • http://gamesrevue.com Nestor

    Those look awesome, bookmarked and will try them later.

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    Amazing!

  • http://www.mydreammeanings.com Dreams

    Fantastic. It certainly goes a long way at coming out with better designs using these lighting effects.

  • http://www.irkids.net James

    thanks pal…
    they’re extremely cool.

  • http://[email protected] Ryan T. Graff

    Video tutorials?

  • Josh

    photoshopped…

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    Very cool. Great list all in one place!

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    Nice tutorials!!!

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    Great Resource. I love them all.

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    good resource for me

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    Very nice.. i’m new to photoshop and this seems to be really ease….Thanks to all your help guys… by the way i want to mention about http://www.lifehacker.com…. They are the best… check them out……

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    BRILLIANT!

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    Great looking pics.

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    O yeah, time start learning again.

  • dave hater

    um, like english hopefully…

  • http://www.ezcomputers.co.za EZ Computers

    Ive seen some of these before, but they are all excellent!

  • http://www.keplerweb.com Kepler Fontenele Web Design Flash design

    Excellent !!!
    great post

  • http://www.aktifcozum.com.tr ergin

    Very awesome stuff here! I think that thanks to these tutorials/ideas I will be able to help out some friends of mine. Thanks a bunch!!

  • http://homedigest.org Erik

    this tuts really rock! thanks.. awesome, indeed!!

  • http://corvette-trading.blogspot.com/ Vette

    Great tutorials, very useful, thank you!

  • http://laughingliondesign.net/2008/08/27/creating-speech-bubbles-in-photoshop-using-the-custom-shape-tool/ Jennifer Farley

    Great collection of photoshop tutorials. Thank you.

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  • Bernie

    Amazing stuffs!!!
    Thx for sharing

  • Loop

    Oh i like so much, love you website

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    the effects are great. I love them.

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    Great list, lots of reading there.

  • http://www.e11world.com E11World

    Very Nice list. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.pushingbuttons.net Timothy

    This just came in handy. Thanks!

  • http://www.honourchick.com/blog Honour Chick

    great tutorials :)

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    This is a real treasure! Thank you so much!

  • Bada

    Cool.cool cool very very thanks.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Monkey

    Is this only for cs4?

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  • http://www.ccbtools.com Tanker

    thanks for the awesome tutorial list I was looking for one of these and your list helped me find it

  • alexis

    sweetness!

  • blue2lip

    I’m so excited about trying these ideas. Thanks for the inspiration and education to apply the effects!

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    I like coffee cup effect)

  • lucas

    muy bueno

  • http://www.hi-fai.com/ Mr Web Design

    That’s quite a cool collection. Bookmarked!

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    Very nicely done Nike fire

  • http://petzume.com/ Anton

    This is the best collection I’ve seen in a while, Dugg and Tweeted. Thanks :)

  • Antonio Max

    HOT!!!

  • http://designofpassion.blogspot.com ote tatsuya

    really nice lighting effects..i wanna make like that too…

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    Yummy photoshop galore!

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    GREAT FILE!! thanks aloot…you saved my life 😀 (A)…..i will try them all 😛

  • Photoshopper

    nice effects

  • http://wind-flowers.net asato

    good thank you!
    i will be back.

  • salim

    I like the Expressive lighting effects
    very nice effects

  • Jerry

    This is wonderful and well planned, infact I’m already recommending this site to friends.
    Keep on your good work

  • http://www.howtobusinesscards.com How To Business Cards

    Lighting is one of the most under-used tools in Photoshop. It’s really powerful for creating some fantastic effects.

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    GREAT FILE!!

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    really cool pictures :) thanks for sharing

  • http://www.skyren.org sunny

    all of these are pretty cool, i’d love to use it

  • srikanth

    Thanks for Sharing………………..

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    Thanks for your work.

  • http://no Praveen

    oh , How do you do this its very beautiful and imagine ok cooool…. by

  • http://www.aliusdesigns.com Xander

    Mmmm those are some sweet tutorials, love all the different options that Photoshop offers that allow us to create all these crazy lighting effects

  • http://www.jmphotographyonline.ca Jay McIntyre

    I want to try them all!! where will I ever find the time??

  • http://no MangesH

    this is such a great effects in ptotoshop

  • Jakecin

    INCREIBLE!! buenos tutoriales

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    love it, keep this up!

  • Savita Gusain

    Nice Collection. All effect are very good

  • Harish

    so so nice collection of photoshop tutorial

    tanx

  • http://Google Manu

    Nice Collection. All effect are very good..
    Thank you.. effects

  • HITESH SHARMA

    LIGHTINING EFFECT IS TO GOOD GOOD JOB
    AND EXCILLENT WORK.

  • S.R.vinodjhon

    these pictures are good and the work is wonderfull

  • http://designikx.wordpress.com nikhil

    nice collection thnx for sharing it.

  • Hussein

    really amazing stuff thnx for sharing mates :)

  • http://www.kshitizchandra.com Kshitiz

    this is too good for all designers googling on internet for photoshop effects.

  • anup

    thanks for sharing these amazing tips…